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Imaginary Theatre Company

ITC_Logo_Preferred_cmyk.pngImaginary Theatre Company (ITC) is The Rep’s resident professional touring ensemble. Through the use of literature, folk tales, fairy tales and new adaptations of classic works, ITC is committed to bringing the very finest in theatre for young audiences to nearly 20,000 students each season.

We’re proud to present our 2020-2021 ITC Season below.

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A Gnome for Christmas

by Sarah Brandt
Music and lyrics by Stephen James Neale

Recommended for grades K-6
60 minutes in length

Available for Touring: November 16 – December 23, 2020
Sensory Friendly Public Performance: December 19, 2020 @ 11 a.m.
Non-Sensory Friendly Public Performances: December 19 and 20, 2020 

A warm-hearted holiday musical sprinkled with fun and hijinks, A Gnome for Christmas returns to the Imaginary Theatre Company. Lulu’s father is an inventor…just not a very successful one. After another of his failed inventions lands the family at a rundown farmhouse, Lulu’s about ready to give up. But when mysterious and magical things start happening, it seems that this farm might be home to more than meets the eye. A mischievous enchanted gnome, Timmy, is determined to bring Lulu a little Christmas cheer. With memorable songs and lovable characters, it’s the perfect holiday confection.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Holiday traditions
  • Themes of friendship, helping others, and the importance of family
  • Appreciating the importance of imagination and creativity
  • Overcoming fears and embracing the differences in others
  • Arts/Theatre Appreciation

Puss in Boots

Written by Jennifer Cameron
Music by Nathan A. Roberts

Recommended for grades K-3
60 minutes in length

Available for Touring: January 11 – April 11, 2021
Sensory Friendly Public Performance: March 6, 2021 @ 11 a.m.
Non-Sensory Friendly Public Performances: March 6 & 7, 2021

Everyone’s favorite feline fable is here to charm and beguile! The miller’s son is not finding life easy, with barely a penny to his name and no inheritance from his father, save for a useless cat and a pair of too-small boots. But this cat hides a secret: She can talk! And sing! And she has a plan to take them from the poorhouse to a princely castle. But how long can this extraordinary kitty keep up the ruse before the cat is out of the bag? Bring the whole family and share the legend of Puss in Boots!

Curriculum Connections:

  • Adaptations of classic fairy tales
  • Themes of helping others, taking chances, and the importance of honesty
  • Embracing the differences in others
  • Arts/Theatre Appreciation

Tomás and the Library Lady

Adapted by José Cruz Gonzalez
From the book by Pat Mora

Recommended for grades 4-6
60 minutes in length

Available for Touring: February 1 – April 11, 2021
Sensory Friendly Public Performance: February 6, 2021 @ 11 a.m.
Non-Sensory Friendly Public Performances: February 6 & 7, 2021

Dive into a fantastical world of books in this celebratory true story. As Tomás’ family heads north to Iowa for work, they find fewer and fewer people who speak their native Spanish language. Looking for a place to fit in, Tomás finds a new passion when he befriends a librarian who introduces him to the magical world of books. This enchanting story adventures through the pages of towering dinosaurs and ferocious tigers, igniting Tomás’ imagination and bringing the audience along for the ride.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Storytelling through different languages
  • Appreciation of reading, self-motivated learning, and different cultures
  • Themes of isolation, personal growth, and overcoming obstacles
  • Embracing the differences in others
  • Arts/Theatre Appreciation

Additional Resources

Study Guide

Free interdisciplinary study guides are emailed to teachers at least two weeks prior to performance dates. Study guides include information on the play and production, as well as activity suggestions and worksheets for classroom use.

Q-and-A with the Actors

Free 15-minute Q-and-A sessions are available immediately following a performance to provide students with an opportunity to meet the actors and discuss the show.


Custom hands-on workshops, presented by the professional cast of Imaginary Theatre Company, are offered as an enhancement to the theatre experience and a supplement to classroom learning. Using theatre exercises, students will explore the discipline and skills used by actors to create characters and communicate meaning. Specific activities are chosen based on the participants’ grade level.

Booking Information​

For more information or to book the Imaginary Theatre Company, call (314) 968-7344 or e-mail the Education Department.


Touring (Same Day Bookings):

  • One performance starts at $375
  • Two services start at $675
  • Three services start at $1,010

Study guides are included in your cost and will be e-mailed to you prior to the first scheduled performance. An additional educational component at no extra cost is an optional 15-minute Q&A with the actors immediately following each performance.

Fees vary. Actual cost is determined by the distance to be traveled, if an overnight stay is required, the total number of days involved, and the various combinations of performances and workshops.

  • A service is defined as a performance or a workshop.
  • No workshop can be scheduled without a performance.
  • A three-performance day must be of the same play.
  • Services can be delivered in no more than two locations on any scheduled workday.

For statewide touring dates, the Missouri Arts Council (MAC) may grant awards to Missouri-based presenters. Grant requests must be submitted to MAC at least two months prior to the contracted performance date(s). For touring dates outside of Missouri, financial awards may be available through your state arts council.